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     January 27, 2021      #78-27 KDJ

ONU's youth and experience prove formidable

By Cody Smith

Olivet Nazarene University’s men’s swim and dive head coach Kelly Essler has been building a culture ever since she took the reigns as head coach in 2019.

In her first year at the helm last season, Essler helped take the men’s team all the way to a 12th-place finish out of 25 teams at the NAIA National Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Now, in her second season, Essler said she wants to see even more improvement because she’s had more time to get the program acclimated with her coaching philosophies.

“I’m most looking forward to start building the program the way that I want to build it this season,” Essler said. “This is my second ...

Kelly Essler, Courtesy of Olivet Nazarene University
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